I saw Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish in “Mermaid Spell” on Pinterest a few weeks ago and fell in love. I sent it to my mother in law (who absolutely LOVES blue nail polish) and she fell in love too. We decided we had to try it out. I bought it on eBay for $16 with free shipping, which to me was still cringe worthy since I normally don’t spend that much on ONE bottle of nail polish…
It arrived fairly quickly and I immediately threw a coat on my bare nails expecting to be amazed. It was horrendous! “What did I do wrong?!” I thought. Now normally one does not read the directions on nail polish… I mean c’mon, it’s NAIL POLISH. I think I know what to do! But here I was, turning the bottle over to see what it had to say since my nails not only looked flat and matte, but the color was dull and not sparkly at all!
I then realized you needed to use a special file to buff your nails before applying the polish. OH! ….. (paused for a moment to feel dumb) Then proceeded to remove the polish, wash my hands, let them dry, then buffed them with one side of the file, then the other side of the file to reveal glossy, shiny looking bare nails. Well logic told me that nail polish was not going to stick to this real well!
I applied 2 coats of the polish and was finally amazed with the results I was hoping for! A third coat really made them shine and sparkle. So cool!
Create three-dimensional delight with these dramatic Layla Hologram Effect nail polishes! ; Made with the highest quality raw material to capture light and transform it into continually changing visual effects of liquid swirls and rainbows. ; Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and DBP. ; Will not stain your nails. ; To use: On clean, bare nails, take the Layla two-sided emery board marked Side 1 and rub all over the nail. Immediately buff the nails with Side 2 and a glossy base coat will appear. Apply one full coat of Hologram Effect onto the nail. Wait a few seconds to add the second coat. Apply a top coat to seal in the design.
For myself, I found that it took THREE coats to achieve the full effect. This polish does dry extremely fast. Something to keep in mind is that you buff your nails to a super glossy sheen so the nail polish just wears right off as soon as your nails touch anything. I put on three coats, sans a top coat, and my nails were half bare by the end of the day!
Lovely, right? Totally what you would expect of $16 bottle of nail polish, right????
I read several people say that a top coat dulls the hologram effect so I didn’t bother, but clearly you have to if you want it to look good longer than just the time it takes to snap a picture.
Overall, I think this polish is great for the beautiful effect it gives your nails. It’s unlike any other polish I’ve ever used. Just amazing. You really have to see it in person to believe it… However, I think it’s almost misleading calling this nail polish because it literally flies off your nails within hours, which is not what you expect of nail polish. Unless of course you buy it in the dollar store…